NOVUS II Workshop

Participants (without the wonderful Bryan) of NOVUS II

Participants (without the wonderful Bryan) of NOVUS II

The 3 day Novus II workshop was focused around discussions about integrating impacts of ecosystem disturbance across scales of time, space, and disturbance type:
1) What are the mechanisms of regime change versus resilience in ecosystems? What characteristics of a disturbance regime matter for ecosystem processes?
2) Under what circumstances are ‘legacy effects’ driving modern processes and when/where are they uncoupled?

Most of the time was spent discussing the above ideas & creating conceptual diagrams, on Day 2 we got a chance to explore Rocky Mountain National Park.

Examples of disturbance were all around us:

evidence of bark beetle damage in a lodgepole pine

bark beetle damage in a lodge pole pine

visible burn scars throughout the stand

visible burn scars throughout the stand

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Phil explains Chickaree Lake records of disturbance

Our walk to Chickaree Lake was like a nature walk on steroids – I think I tripled my knowledge about bark beetles and Lodge Pole pines.

Chickaree Lake:

Chickaree Lake, RMNP

Chickaree Lake, RMNP

Exploring the tundra in the freezing mist:

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tundra vegetation

some lovely schist on top of a granite

some lovely schist on top of granite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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